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2.7

hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,350 miles

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2002 Ford F-250 engine problems

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2002 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #12

Dec 052008

F-250 10-cyl

  • 160,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Ford F250. The contact stated that the spark plugs blew out of the hole, which caused oil to spray onto the top of the engine. The failure could cause an engine fire. He called the dealer and they stated that there was no recall for the failure. They further stated that the vehicle was out of warranty; therefore, the contact would have to pay for the repair. The failure mileage was 160,000. Updated 2/2/09 updated 02/04/09.

- Moweaqua, IL, USA

problem #11

Aug 072005

F-250 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles
I bought my truck under the assumption that I wouldn't need to do a major tuneup until 100,000 miles. Prior to that, I had to get one at 60,000 miles, 3-5 months after that one of my spark plugs shot out of the motor, leading to having to have the head replace. I received no reasonable explanation on what would have caused that or why would it happened. The dealership and Ford wanted to charge me 3,600 dollars to fix it. I was wondering if anyone else had this problem with a Ford F150 or had there been some kind of recall? if so, is there some kind of legal action I can take against Ford for this.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #10

Dec 012007

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
2002 Ford F150 5.4 liter engine 2 months ago I had a spark plug thread failure on my F150. It cost $400 to repr the vehicle so that it could be driven. 1500 miles later I have another thread failure causing another plug to be spit out of MY6 cylinder head. I have been told by dealerships and mechanics that this is a common problem and that I can replace the heads with new ones but that they can not guarantee that it would not happen again. Or I can have both heads removed and have inserts machined into the heads to prevent anything from failing again. The cost of this process is $2200. I have now spent $2600 on the engine in 2 months time due to a improper manufacturing of the heads that were made for this engine. I would like to see a defect recall made on the heads and possibly be reimbursed for some of the expense.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #9

Feb 022005

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

- the contact stated that while driving the 2002 Ford F250 with 100,000 failure mileage at 55 mph the contact heard a loud popping noise, the vehicle was riding rough and it started to shake. The vehicle was taken to a dealer, and they stated that the spark plug blew out of the aluminum head. The contact was concerned that this was a serious safety problem. The current mileage was 140,000. The vehicle would lose power when the spark plug failed. Update 4/25/07

- New London, WI, USA

problem #8

Dec 102006

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,399 miles
: the contact stated while driving 70 mph under normal road conditions, the vehicle lost compression and speed. Also, there was smoke coming out from the exhaust. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer, who replaced the engine head.

- Lewis Center, OH, USA

problem #7

Aug 212005

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
2002 Ford F-250,5.4 litre Triton motor. Original dealer installed spark plug blown out of aluminum head becuase of a lack of thread engagment. Cost of repair $3,200

- Sterling , MI, USA

problem #6

May 232005

F-250 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Driving on highway.. hear a large noise fromn the engine bay. Truck breaks down and I have it towed. 2002 Ford F-150 ligthning. 3rd time its been to the dealership for the same problem.. blowing a spark plug in the engine bay.. this time... worse then ever... read it was a very bad problem with other truck made this year etc.. online so I'am putting a complaint in..

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #5

May 012004

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 46,000 miles
The ignition shut off unexpectedly. The vehicle was towed to a service dealer and they were unable to resolve the problem. There was no code for the check engine at the early stages of the problem. The engine died and the consumer's vehicle drifted into the other lane. The service dealer found that the cam sensor was bad and the exhaust sensor was replaced.

- Yuba City, CA, USA

problem #4

Nov 122003

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Truck experiences a "rough idle" at all conditions where engine is idling.

- Nettleton, MS, USA

problem #3

Nov 252002

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
I made a trip to California and right before I left I had the oils changed on my truck. My truck had about 15,000 miles on it. The trip was 1,000 miles round trip and it used 2 1/2 quarts of oil. I took it to the dealer and was told that it was normal to use that much oil. And they changed the oil to a different weight to do a test on oil consumption. It still uses oil and now the motor smokes when you first start it up. And if it sits for a couple of days it will know loud when you start it. The for D dealer said this is normal.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #2

Jun 012002

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 7,800 miles
The vehicle stalled on 5 different occasions, numerous parts was replaced, however the vehicle continued to stall, also a faulty brake relay switch was replaced.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 152002

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
The vehicle would stall intermittently when coming to a stop. Ph dealership recalibrated the PCM and installed a flight recorder. However dealership had no knowledge of how to read the flight recorder and problem still existed. Manufacturer not willing to do anything. Consumer has retained an attorney.

- Tulare, CA, USA

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